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Summary

What are archetypes? What is the collective unconscious? Both these concepts are two of Jung’s most famous and exciting ideas. 

In this volume, taken from the Collective Works, Jung describes and elaborates upon these two central concepts of his psychology. Included are essays on specific archetypes, a study of the process of individuation, and an account of mandala symbolism. The Journal of Analytical Psychology in its review of the text commented: ‘An eloquent witness to Jung’s greatness of mind and heart. His idea of the archetype involves profound attitudes towards man’s existence and intimates values through which very many people have found a new significance in their lives.’ In its original print format, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious was profusely illustrated with many illustrations in full colour, and these are all available on a companion PDF which can be downloaded with this recording.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©1959 Carl Gustav Jung (P)2020 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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Utter Nonesense

The narrator seems to be doing an impression of a robot and Jung's theories all sound like the ramblings of a madman. If there's anything intelligible in this book it eluded me completely.

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Find a different narrator for this

The worst narrator I have ever listened to, literally ruined the experience. Find a different version

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Machine read, not a human

Either Martyn Swain is cheating a little using Amazon Polly / Dragon Naturally speaking or actually doesn't exist as a real person. You'll notice from the outset in this title the jagged inhuman synthesized staccata of a half decent text to speech program, and nothing more. Whatever about the actual content of the book, I can't bring myself to listen to this. Avoid, buy the book or find another audio copy where a human is doing the reading.

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Baptism into Jungian Theory

Great place to start with Jung before you get stuck into the real masterpieces of Aion, Psychology & Alchemy and Mysterium Coniunctionis

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Delivery of text makes it impossible to listen with satisfaction

Some kind of spliced auto delivery of the voice/reading makes this a complete waste of money/credits. Intricate and sometimes complex ideas just do not come across as the staccato robotic vocal is a constant barrier to flow and pace of the natural text.
Very poor. Do not select in my view.

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  • ion_tixii
  • 12-10-21

Perfection. I want more

Special thanks to Martin Swain who became the voice of Carl Jung for me. Looking forward to
More Jung’s works narrated by Martyn Swain

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  • 12-08-21

Wonderfull further reading

If you are interested in Jung/Analytical Psychology this is one of the core texts. Jung greatly clarifies his ideas on specific archetypes and their real life realisation.

The performance is excellent and very pleasant. Only the German pronunciation was off.

The accompanying PDF is missing two illustrations, which is a shame and needs to be fixed. However it does not present a major problem for the listening experience as they are used only to briefly illustrate a point.

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  • Odette
  • 26-04-21

Don't miss this title

This is a great introduction to the jungian school and the narrator is pretty good.